Blood or Whiskey

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Blood or Whiskey

Celtic punk from Ireland, The Dubliners meets The Clash!

Having released 2 EP’s & 3 albums (Cashed Out On Culture still widely regarded internationally as an Irish gem), with 2 tours of the USA (including one with Dropkick Murphys), a regular feature at the Rebellion Festival over the last 8 years (Morecambe, Dublin & Blackpool), and a tour of Japan under their belts, other career highlights including numerous UK tours, opening for the likes of Manu Chao, Rancid & The Pogues, playing Oxegen (2009), Reading & Leeds (2010), Blood Or Whiskey have covered a lot of ground in their career to date.

BOW have played some select festivals in the UK in 2012, returning to Rebellion in Blackpool and Reading & Leeds (having wowed the crowds there in 2010 on the Lock Up Stage!). They played Arthur’s Day in Dublin in September and opened for Rancid in November at the SOLD OUT Academy Dublin. A trip around Germany in December and a stop-off in Cork rounded off the year nicely.

2013 opened with a bang with the band securing a place on the bill with Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys at their SOLD OUT Dublin show. Early April saw them take in a ten date jaunt across Europe, stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. What these dates have shown is that not only have the band retained fans from the past but they have also found a new audience. In May they were back out with more dates across Germany, the Czech Republic & Austria. They headlined the Warzone Fest in Belfast on August 23rd and opened for Alkaline Trio at The Academy Dublin on August 26th and played The Foggy Dew in Dublin on Arthur’s Day.

2014 saw the band release the new single (Gone and Forgotten on Feb 21st), followed by their 4th album “Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil”, which dropped on March 14th  to rave reviews, Hotpress Magazine called it ‘Devilishly Good’ and ‘A diabolical good listen’, giving it an 8 out of 10 rating. The album launch gig was headlining the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Belfast. Their headline Shame The Devil Tour took them across 6 countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, France and Italy). June saw them at the Roma-Ember Against Racism Festival in Zurich. July saw them back touring and opening for old pals the Dropkick Murphys across England, then returned to England in August for the Boomtown Fair and a triumphant return to Rebellion in Blackpool where Jello Biafra was even spotted bopping down the front.

BOW are still playing many of the old classics as well as airing some of the new material. Renowned for their raucous shows, the re-energized band deliver their signature blend of Celtic punk like their lives depended on it! Go see …. For fans of The Pogues / Dropkick Murphy’s / Flogging Molly / Gogol Bordello / Manu Chao / The Specials / The Dubliners & The Clash!

Video for Gone and Forgotten: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJK7KDS8nLg

Video for No Answers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjKgSf4YYUg

 

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